The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) filed a chargesheet before the MCOCA court on Tuesday in the August 1,2012,case of blasts on Junglee Maharaj (JM) Road,Pune.
The 3,587-page chargesheet names Asad Khan Jamshed Alikhan alias Zahid alias Kaka alias Mohammed (33),Imran Khan Wajid Khan Pathan (32),Firoz alias Hamza Abdul Hameed Sayyed (38),Irfan Mustafa Landage (30),Muneeb Iqbal Memon (31),Farukh Shokat Bhagwan (31),Sayeed Asif alias Kasid Sayeed Zaffudin Biyabni (32),and Bunty Jahagirdar (45) for alleged conspiracy to carry out the low-intensity blasts outside Balgandharva Auditorium,Opposite KFC Restaurant near Garware Bridge,outside a Dena Bank branch and a McDonald’s restaurant.
A fifth live bomb was defused later.
Indian Mujahideen co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal,Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Faiyaz Kagzi,Wakas alias Wakar Ibrahim Sad and Danish alias Tabrez have been shown as absconding against whom lookout notices have been issued.
The blasts that took place on the evening Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was to visit Tilak Smarak Ranga Mandir for an award ceremony,left one injured.
A senior ATS officer said: Three of the eight accused have confessed to their crimes and the confessions will be submitted to the court on May 9.
The chargesheet includes statements of 316 witnesses, ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.
Asad and Imran were apprehended by Delhi police and raw material to assemble improvised explosive devices purportedly seized from them. These were allegedly to carry out a blast in the Capital.
The accused allegedly claimed the module was initially to plant a bomb at Yerwada Jail in Pune. However,due to heavy police presence at the jail,JM Road was targeted. The suspects allegedly met at Asad’s tours and travels office in Aurangabad in July. The module allegedly bought three bicycles,parked them close to a bus stand on JM Rd and later planted half-a-dozen IEDs along the road.
We have CCTV footage that strengthens our case, said the ATS officer.
ATS claims explosives and electronic items for assembling IEDs were procured from an electrical/electronic market in Budhwarpeth,Pune,and digital watches,circuit boards and ball bearings were brought from Nanded.